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How is Ant Diversity Impacted by Anthropogenic Disturbance?

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, M. Alex Fairweather, Aaron 2016-11-30T20:06:45Z 2016-11-30T20:06:45Z 2016-11 2016-10-19 2016-11-30
dc.description.abstract I studied patterns in ant community structure between protected areas and anthropogenically disturbed forest lands in New Brunswick and Ontario, utilizing molecular and morphological techniques for assessing diversity. I examined phylogenetic diversity, Barcode Index Number (BIN) richness, phylogenetic structure, and functional trait space. In Algonquin Park, Ontario there was significantly greater BIN richness, and phylogenetic diversity, but no signal for phylogenetic structure or functional trait space differences between uncut forest sites and cut sites. In New Brunswick there was significantly more BIN richness and phylogenetic diversity in uncut forest sites, but no significant differences between phylogenetic structure, and functional trait space between uncut forest sites and cut sites. These results suggest that ant community assembly and response to disturbance are dependent on the local species pool. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund, Department of Natural Resources New Brunswick, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant, Arthur D. Latornell foundation to KAP scholarship en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Ant en_US
dc.subject Ants en_US
dc.subject Ontario en_US
dc.subject New Brunswick en_US
dc.subject New Brunswick Museum en_US
dc.subject Algonquin Park en_US
dc.subject Ecology en_US
dc.subject Disturbance en_US
dc.subject DNA en_US
dc.subject DNA Barcoding en_US
dc.subject COI en_US
dc.subject Morphometrics en_US
dc.subject Formicidae en_US
dc.subject Biodiversity en_US
dc.subject Ecophylogenetics en_US
dc.subject Phylogenetics en_US
dc.subject Community en_US
dc.subject Community Structure en_US
dc.subject Arthropod en_US
dc.subject Insect en_US
dc.subject Cut en_US
dc.subject Uncut en_US
dc.subject The Dairy Bush en_US
dc.subject GigaPan en_US
dc.subject Park en_US
dc.subject Protected Natural Area en_US
dc.title How is Ant Diversity Impacted by Anthropogenic Disturbance? en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Integrative Biology en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Integrative Biology en_US
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